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Fall 2022 Chapel Schedule

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    August 2022

  • "What Do You Believe?" with Rev. Heather Daugherty
    08-29-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    Our Fall Chapel Kickoff is a time that sets the tone for Chapel for the rest of the year with a message from our University Minister, Rev. Heather Daugherty. Please join us in the beautiful Gabhart Chapel located on the ground floor of the Janet Ayers Academic Center (JAAC).

  • "Storytelling Beyond Hollywood" with Rick Rekedal
    08-31-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    Rick Rekedal served as Head of Creative Global Franchises for DreamWorks Animation, where his projects included "Prince of Egypt", "Shrek", "Madagascar", "Kung Fu Panda" and "How to Train Your Dragon.” Rick now serves as Senior Fellow for Storytelling at Belmont University.

    September 2022

  • "Larry the Cucumber and VeggieTales" with Mike Nawrocki
    09-07-2022 | 10:00am | Massey Performing Arts Center (MPAC)



    Mike Nawrocki is co-creator of VeggieTales, the first-ever CGI video series. He is the co-founder of Big Idea Productions, and the voice of Larry the Cucumber. His story of discovering his calling is relevant for everyone who is still on that journey.

    Co-sponsored by the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business

  • "What Do You Believe About Words?" with Heather Thompson Day
    09-12-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    What words did you say to yourself today? How about last night? What narrative did you tell yourself about that relationship, or opportunity? The way we talk to others, and the messages we tell ourselves, shape us. What if you truly believed that words mattered? How would that change what you choose to say? To kick off our Faith and College Week, Communication Professor Heather Thompson Day will explain to you how our words can create our world.

  • "Faith-animating Hope" with Dr. Greg Jones
    09-14-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    Greg Jones is President of Belmont University. He has held leadership positions at Duke and Baylor in the past, and he is known for his writing and teaching on issues of forgiveness, Christian social innovation, leadership, and vocation/purpose. His most recent book is NAVIGATING THE FUTURE, co-authored with Andrew P. Hogue. Greg and Susan love being a part of the Belmont community.

  • "God’s Storyline and You" with Tim Wildsmith
    09-19-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    How does your life fit into God’s story? That’s the question we are exploring in this Chapel service, as Tim Wildsmith (Director of Faith Formation and Engagement) marches through the entire grand narrative of the Bible to show how following Jesus is an invitation to become part of a bigger story that God is telling throughout history and creation.

  • "Christ-Centered Healing" with Ray and Gloria White Hammond
    09-21-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    Ray and Gloria White Hammond are M.D.s and Co-Founders of Bethel AME Church in Boston. Gloria is a Harvard graduate, pediatrician, and Practitioner in Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School, focusing on medicine and spirituality. Ray is a surgeon who earned a B.A. and M.D. from Harvard before receiving an M.A. focused on Christian medical ethics. Their work has led to the founding of two dozen healing, justice and discipleship organizations in the United States and Africa.

    Co-sponsored by the Frist College of Medicine, the Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing, and the College of Pharmacy

  • "No Such Thing As God-Forsaken" with Jonathan "Pastah J" Brooks
    09-26-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    Using Jeremiah 29 and his own story as his backdrop, Pastah J reminds us that there is no such thing as a God-forsaken person or place. He shows us that redemption requires putting down roots, that love requires listening, that loving our neighbor requires serving our neighborhoods, and that the gospel is not just interested in our soul but creation as a whole.

  • "Lament and Hope" with Dr. Soong-Chan Rah
    09-28-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    Soong-Chan Rah is a Duke, Harvard, and Columbia-educated professor and practitioner of how Christians can be agents of hope in our divided world. His books include: Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church; Prophetic Lament; Unsettling Truths; and Return to Justice. He was the founding pastor of a multiracial church in Cambridge, Mass. and teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary.

    Co-Sponsored by the College of Theology & Christian Ministry 

    October 2022

  • "Chasing Justice Together" with Sandra Maria Van Opstal
    10-03-2022 | 10:00 AM | Gabhart Chapel



    As our campus celebrates Diversity Week, Latina pastor, author and activist Sandra Maria Van Opstal will inviting us to believe beyond what our current reality tells us is true. With all that has happened in our world, in the church, and even in us, we need to know that there is a better way forward. She will delve into how our communities can be shaped by justice and become places of true solidarity and mutuality.

    Co-sponsored by the Welcome Home Diversity Council

  • "The Black Church" with Rev. John Faison
    10-05-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    John Faison, Sr. is the Senior Pastor of Watson Grove Baptist Church in Nashville, which has grown from 300 to over 2,000 members. He has a B.A. in Political Science, an M.A. in Practical Theology and a Doctor of Ministry from Payne Theological Seminary. He is an HIV/AIDS National NAACP Ambassador, President of The Grove Community Development Corporation, and has served as a member of the Belmont Board of Trustees.

    Co-sponsored by the College of Theology & Christian Ministry

  • "Jesus and Honoring First Nations Peoples" with Charles & Siouxsan Robinson
    10-10-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    Charles Robinson is the founder of The Red Road ( and a member of the Choctaw tribe. Siouxsan Robinson is the current president of The Red Road and member of the Blackfoot and Lakota tribes. The Red Road exists to empower and minister hope to Native communities. Charles and Siouxsan reside in Franklin, TN.

    Co-sponsored by the Faculty Memorial Committee. 

  • "Redemption in Ruth" with Tim Wildsmith
    10-12-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    Our Director of Faith Formation and Engagement, Tim Wildsmith, walks us through the book fo Ruth and asks us to consdier how this story of redemption can impact our lives.

  • "Can Mathematics Be Spiritual?" with Dr. Francis Su
    10-19-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    Francis Su served as President of the Mathematical Association of America and is Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and has published over two dozen papers, sharing research that has implications for voting theory and the mathematics of fair decisions. He is recipient of the MAA Award for Distinguished Teaching and his Math Fun Facts website receives a million hits each year. His book Mathematics for Human Flourishing (Yale Univ. Press) won last year’s Euler Book Prize, in part for its inclusive vision of what math is.

    Co-sponsored by College of Sciences & Mathematics

  • "Believing With Our Bodies" with Dr. Beth Ritter-Conn
    10-31-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    Many of us have absorbed the notion that believing is something that we do with the intangible parts of ourselves--our minds, our hearts, our spirits--and then we behave according to those beliefs. But the relationship moves powerfully in the opposite direction too: How we behave tells us what we actually believe. What do our daily routines, habits, and actions reveal about our beliefs? What is the relationship between our embodied selves--the part of us that touches the world around us--and our spirit?

    November 2022

  • "Lending to the Poor" with Peter Greer
    11-02-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    Peter Greer is President of HOPE International, a global Christian development organization working in 17 countries that has overseen over 1.3 billion in micro-loans. He is the author of eight books, including Stop Helping Us! Moving Beyond Charity to Job Creation and The Poor Will Be Glad. He has an M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Messiah College.

    Co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the Massey College of Business

  • "The Possibility of Faith" with Trillia Newbell
    11-07-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    Throughout Scripture we find countless stories of God’s faithfulness—we also find countless stories of the people who remained faithful to Him. In this session, we will define faith and look at what it means to walk by faith through the lives of the great cloud of witnesses found in Hebrews 11. We’ll learn to imitate their faith while clinging to the One who is always faithful as we run the race God has set before us.

  • "Journey to the Promised Land" with Rev. Gabriel Salguero
    11-09-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    Gabriel Salguero is the president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and has been named one of the nation’s most prominent Latino evangelical leaders by the New York Times, CNN, NBC, and Univisión for his work on immigration, criminal justice reform, and racism. Along with his wife, Rev. Jeanette Salguero, he pastors a multicultural church in Orlando, FL. He has served on the White House Faith-Based Advisory Council, as Director of the Institute for Faith and Public Life at Princeton Seminary, and is a new member of the Belmont Board of Trustees.

    Co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the College of Theology & Christian Ministry

  • "Does God Care About The World" with Dr. Dray Bland
    11-14-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    What do we believe about God and God’s providential care for the world? How are we called to care for our neighbors who are near as well as those at the margins? How do we give witness to God’s extravagant love? Dr. Dray Bland, Director of Missions and Outreach, will be lifting these questions up through the lens of the story of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10:25-37.

  • "Face to Face" with Janice Gaines
    11-16-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    Janice Gaines is a Stellar and Dove Award-nominated recording artist. In addition to her music, Janice is a sought-after speaker who holds an M.Div. from Ashland Theological Seminary. During Chapel, Janice will take a deeper dive into the differences between the stories of when Jesus fed the five thousand and four thousand and where those differences shed light on how we can pursue unity today.

    Co-sponsored by the College of Music & Performing Arts

  • "Help My Unbelief" with Dr. Christy Ridings
    11-21-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    How can asking questions deepen our faith?
    Is doubt the opposite of faith?

    In this message from Mark 9:14-29, Dr. Christy Ridings (Associate University Minister) will help us explore the role of acknowledging what we do not know in the process of determining what we do.


  • "Just Here ‘til We Die?" with Brandon Owen
    11-28-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    "As a kid, it made sense to me to trust my life with Jesus. Faith was most often spoken of in terms of a personal relationship with Jesus. And to have such a relationship, ensured where I would go after death. But my world opened up when I realized the gospel of Jesus Christ has as much to say about today as it does about life after death." – Rev. Brandon Owen (Belmont alum and Campus Pastor at The Church at Harpeth Heights)

  • "Let Justice Roll Down" with Dr. Christina Edmondson
    11-30-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    Christina Edmondson served as Dean for Intercultural Student Development at Calvin University and works with institutions to expand intercultural competency. She has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, an M.S. in Family Therapy, and a B.A. in Sociology. Her most recent book is Faithful Antiracism: Moving Past Talk to Systemic Change.

    Co-sponsored by the College of Education

    December 2022

  • Service of Hope & Healing
    12-02-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    Join us in the Gabhart Chapel (ground floor of the JAAC) on Friday, December 2 at 10:00am as we gather together to acknowledge all that has been lost in the last year, to grieve, and to remember the hope we have in Christ. This brief service will be led by the University Ministries staff.

  • Christmas Around the World
    12-05-2022 | 10:00am | Gabhart Chapel



    Join us for Christmas Around the World on Monday, December 5th at 10:00am in the JAAC Chapel! Students and faculty from the Department of Foreign Languages help lead this annual multi-lingual service of Scripture and song celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

    Co-sponsored by the Foreign Languages Department